There was a time, not so long ago – less than a year ago, in fact – when I truly believed that organic food was little more than a ploy from fancy agriculturalists to charge more money from easily impressionable foodies. My opinion was very similar to all those folks who say Valentine’s Day is just a holiday invented by Hallmark to sell more cards.
And now I search high and low to make sure that the vast majority of everything I eat is organic. I did the research and it did not take very long to convert!
Now, I am on a similar educational journey to learn more about a Vegetarian diet. As you will learn on this site, I tend to avoid “Diets” that preach any sort of all or nothing behaviour. I will be talking about a few…a lot of them…in time and I will try to be very diplomatic in my personal assessment of benefits and disadvantages of anything that I cover.
In the “Vegetarian” section of the site, however, I will not be considering vegetarianism as a diet, but rather as a lifestyle choice. Whether that choice is forced or welcomed with open arms may or may not come into play, but similar to the “Vegan” section of this site, I will not be addressing it as a DIET. I will consider it a way of life and, again, look for the benefits and drawbacks. I will also try to share substitutions that work well to adapt to a vegetarian lifestyle and will also touch down on the many different ways being a vegetarian will impact your life beyond your food choices.
I would like to assert that, as of today, October 20, 2015, I, Monique Nelson, am NOT a vegetarian. But I have no idea what my future may hold and I am interested in learning more!
In all honestly, my total scepticism was more or less drop-kicked out the door as a result of listening to the Food Heals Nation Podcast, which I have referred to a few times. The hosts are entertaining and very educational. They don’t preach, but they make really great, powerful points. I am in no way affiliated with this organization, but I do highly recommend anyone interested in the value of healthy food checks them out: www.FoodHealsNation.com
What are your thoughts on Vegetarian Lifestyles? I know this is a hugely controversial topic, so PLEASE remain respectful of everyone’s individual life choices while you engage in discussion!